Brief hiatus interruption because the draft is done!

Jul 9, 2011

Just sneaking in to announce that last night, just before 10:00 pm, I finished the first draft of The Unhappening of Genesis Lee! In seven weeks, I wrote 76,525 words. WOOT.

Like a typical first draft, it's a lovely disaster-- I'm already planning to rip apart the ending-- but it's actually the best first draft I've ever written. It won't need nearly the overhaul Devolutionaries got when its first draft was done. By comparison, that first draft took over four months, and included a complete re-start around 30,000 words. Why the difference? Obviously JuNoWriMo helped, but the biggest change was MORE EXTENSIVE OUTLINING. Give it a try, my friends.

Also...I might be having a shiny new idea. Tentatively titled Perception, I'm still brainstorming, but I've got a fabulous protagonist, a terrific setting, and a twisty-turney plot all in embryo form. And, because I got all excited about it, it also has a mock cover.

Sigh. SNIs have such terrible timing. Maybe the first draft of this one will be a NaNo project this year.

Okay, sneaking quietly away again...see you July 15th.

20 comments:

Emy Shin said...

:D Congrats again on finishing GENESIS, and that cover for PERCEPTION! So intriguing. :)

Akoss said...

Congrats on this first draft. I know what you mean about NSIs. They make a habit of showing up at the wrong moment. see you when you come back. :)

Ruth Josse said...

Fist pump! Seven weeks? I'm in awe.

Have fun editing and keeping your SNI at bay:)

Madeline Bartos said...

Congrats on the 76k! Whooot! You know, every time you mention something in a post, the same thing will have had happened to me earlier - I got a SNI idea, too. Considering I have a whole buttload of first drafts on my hands, now is bad timing. I love the mock cover! :D

Caitlin said...

Congratulations!! It's always inspiring and exciting to see someone finishing their first draft.

Ellie Garratt said...

Congratulations! A full draft in seven weeks is amazing. Love the new cover. Have a great week.

Brent Wescott said...

That's cool that you got so much done in so little time. I'm still on about 500 words every couple of weeks. :)

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Steven Whibley said...

That cover is awesome!

Tara (The Bodacious Pen) said...

Congrats on finishing your first draft. Love that mock-uped cover as well. :)

Angie Cothran said...

That cover is amazing!

Teralyn Rose Pilgrim said...

Wow, congratulations! That's such a satifying feeling. I'm glad the summer NaNo worked out for you.

Let me know if you decide to do November NaNo; I'm going to do it too, and it would be so cool for us to do it together.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Yay!! Congrats!! That cover is awesome!

Christy said...

What an accomplishment! Congrats. That mock cover is stunning! I love it!

Kimberly Krey said...

Okay, the "mock cover" totally rocks! And congrats on the massive word count in such little time. Glad to know when outlining works for a fellow author; as you know, I have a new-found appreciation for the process. :)

Angie said...

Very cool, Shallee! Congratulations.

M Pax said...

Yay. Love the cover on Perception.

Kari Marie said...

Congratulations on finishing your draft! Perception's cover is intriguing. Looking forward to hearing the little tidbits you decide to share about it.

Ghenet Myrthil said...

Congrats on finishing your draft! Such an awesome feeling, right? Also, I love the cover you came up with. :)

Kelley Vitollo said...

Awesome! Huge congrats to you on finishing. And fast too!!

Kristin Miller said...

Gorgeous cover! I'd pick the book up for a read on that alone! :)

 
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